World Analysis – Nylon Fibers

  • Market Overview
  • Key Benefits
  • Service Features
  • Annual Table of Contents

Market Overview

Duration: Long-term outlook to 2050

Nylon 6 and nylon 6,6 resins are the two most common polyamides found commercially, and both originate from naphtha-based monomers through completely different processes and intermediates. Nylon fiber is one of the major applications for nylon resin, which is used to produce textile and industrial filaments or other filaments, such as bulk continuous filament (BCF) used in carpet manufacture. Currently, nylon fibers account for about 5% of the global demand for all fibers and are placed well behind other fibers such as polyester, cotton, polypropylene, and cellulosic. Nylon fibers are produced by polymerization in liquid or solid phase, and the molten polymer is then extruded through very fine spinnerets to form filaments.

Textile filaments are generally consumed in apparel applications such as blouses, dresses, foundation garments, hosiery, lingerie, undergarments, raincoats, ski apparel, windbreakers, swimwear, and cycle wear. Industrial filaments are consumed as tire cord, automotive airbags, hoses, conveyer and seat belts, parachutes, racket strings, ropes and nets, sleeping bags, tarpaulins, tents, thread, and monofilament fishing line. BCF is used to manufacture rug and carpets. Other filaments are used to produce home furnishings such as bedspreads, curtains, and upholstery. As such, nylon fibers find end uses in a wide variety of industries.

Key Benefits

TDuration: Long-term outlook to 2050

he World Analysis – Nylon Fibers provides a comprehensive analysis and key insights into critical market developments as they shape the future outlook for the global nylon fibers market.

The following reports, data files, analytical tools and visualization modules are available online and can be downloaded from our website:

  • Direct Access to the Subject Matter Experts
  • In-depth exploration of present market strategic insights, recognition of critical challenges, and presentation of our experts’ forecasts and analysis
  • Explanatory Notes detailing data sources, methodologies, unit and conversion factors, and World Analysis deliverables.
  • Energy and Economy assumptions
  • Price, cost, and margin base assumptions forecast and sensitivities analysis, including price assessment methodology and price definitions across all regions.
  • Excel data files with standard supply/demand graphics and price forecasts extended to 2050, trade grids with country and regional trade flows Data appendix (Excel) with supply/demand, capacity and trade tables.
  • An online dashboard visualization of capacity, supply/demand, trade grids, and price, cost and margin forecasts
  • Supply/demand and capacity database access via data browser
  • Data Appendix (Excel) with supply/demand and capacity tables
  • Capacity by company/shareholder, capacity integration, top producer/consumer and surplus/deficit capacity ranking, and ownership/subsidiary information

Data is provided for the following products:

Supply/demand balances:

  • Nylon Polymerization
  • Nylon Chip/Resin
  • Nylon Staple Fiber
  • Nylon Bulked Continuous Filament
  • Nylon Industrial Filament
  • Nylon Textile Filament


  • Nylon 6 Chip/Resin
  • Nylon 6,6 Chip/Resin
  • Nylon Staple Fiber
  • Nylon Bulked Continuous Filament
  • Nylon Industrial Filament
  • Nylon Textile Filament

This World Analysis contains detailed information on capacities, production, demand, and trade for all significant producing and consuming countries and regions. Although data gathering is essential for understanding history and potential future trends, we believe that the interpretation and analysis of the data is the most valuable information to our clients.

Service Features

Duration: Long-term outlook to 2050


Frequency: Bi-annual
Format: Excel
Timeframe: 10-year forecasts available from periods 1990 – 2050
Area Coverage: By country/region; include “hypothetical” capacity changes in the forecast period
Chemical Coverage: Nylon Polymerization, Nylon Chip/Resin, Nylon Staple Fiber, Nylon Bulk Continuous Filament, Nylon Industrial Filament, Nylon Textile Filament


Frequency: Updated daily
Format: Excel
Timeframe: 10-year forecasts available from periods 1990 – 2050
Area Coverage: Nameplate capacity on individual plant location by producer and by the shareholder for main study products + essential derivatives
Integration table and top producer and consumer ranking tables (includes net surplus/deficit)
Chemical Coverage: Nylon 6 & 6,6 Chip/Resin, Nylon Staple Fiber, Nylon Bulk Continuous Filament, Nylon Industrial Filament, Nylon Textile Filament


Frequency: Quarterly
Format: Excel
Timeframe: up to 2050
Area Coverage: For the critical regions of North America (US), Europe & Asia
Chemical Coverage: Nylon BCF, Nylon Industrial Filament, Nylon Textile Filament


Frequency: Bi-annual
Format: Excel
Timeframe: 1 year of history, up to 10 years of forecast
Area Coverage: Between partner countries and by region
Chemical Coverage: Cyclohexane, Caprolactam, Adipic Acid, HMDA, Adiponitrile Nylon Chip/Resin, Nylon Staple Fiber, Nylon Bulk Continuous Filament, Nylon Industrial Filament, Nylon Textile Filament


Frequency: Annual
Format: PDF/HTML
Timeframe: 5-year history, forecast to 2050
Area Coverage: Regional market summaries Production economics/snapshots for selected regions/processes Production process/technology overview
Chemical Coverage: Cyclohexane (CHX), Caprolactam (CPL), Adipic Acid, Adiponitrile HMDA, Nylon 6 Chip/Resin, Nylon 6,6 Chip/Resin


  • Access to our global team of subject matter experts
  • Interactive data visualization module (dashboard)
  • Standard supply/demand graphs
  • Data appendix with supply/demand and capacity tables
  • Supply/demand and capacity database access via data browser

Annual Table of Contents

  • Introduction 4
  • Executive Overview 6
  • Nylon Polymerization/Chip/Resin 6
  • Nylon Fibers 9
  • Strategic Insights 12
  • Challenging macroeconomic conditions will stem demand growth 12
  • Lifestyles and spending patterns move toward their pre-pandemic normalcy 12
  • Supply chain remains the constraining factor 12
  • Reinventing transportation impacts the nylon demand outlook 13
  • Sustainability developments in the nylon industry 13
  • Polyester will continue to take market share against nylon 14
  • Production Process Overview 16
  • Introduction 16
  • Nylon 6 Chip/Resin 16
  • Polymerization Mechanism 17
  • Final Chip Production Steps 17
  • Nylon 6,6 Chip/Resin 18
  • Production Process Economics 19
  • Explanatory Notes 19
  • Production Process Economics 20
  • Price Forecast 24
  • Methodology 24
  • Nylon Chip/Resin 25
  • Nylon Fiber 27
  • Price Forecast Tables 31
  • Supply/Demand Forecast Methodology 33

Market Coverage





Meiko Woo

Meiko Woo Executive Director, Global Nylon Fibres & Feedstocks Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Meiko Woo is an Executive Director for Global Nylon Fibers and Feedstocks service at Chemical Market Analytics. Meiko Woo is the service leader for the nylon fibers and feedstocks service at Chemical Market Analytics. She also contributes to the polyester fibers and feedstocks service in North America. With over 20 years of experience, Meiko is a key resource within the business for understanding and insight into the fibers sector of the petrochemical industry. Meiko has developed an international reputation for providing meaningful analysis and actionable solutions for customers to optimize their business position concerning the nylon and polyester fibers industry. Her relevant skills include a keen commercial and technical understanding of the nylon and polyester value chain and robust analytical capabilities to drive toward data-driven conclusions. Before joining the predecessor of Chemical Market Analytics in 2009, Meiko worked for six years with Invista in Taiwan. She started as a process engineer and was promoted to Utility Area Plant Manager in 2004 and T10 Technical Plant Manager in 2006 before shifting to a commercial role in early 2007 and working as a planning and technical service manager. With her strong technical background, she liaised between the commercial team and manufacturing. Meiko has a Master's in Environmental Engineering from the National Chiao Tung University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the National Taiwan University.
Anthony Tso

Anthony Tso Director, Asia Aromatics Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Anthony Tso is the Director for Asia Aromatics at Chemical Market Analytics. Anthony Tso is the director for aromatics and fibers in Asia at Chemical Market Analytics. During his five years with the company, he has covered a variety of aromatics products and has a strong understanding of how these related markets intertwine. With over 16 years of cumulative experience in the petrochemical industry, Anthony has been providing insights to aid corporations navigate an ever-changing business environment. Anthony’s current research expertise is in aromatics feedstocks, including reformate and pyrolysis gasoline, and aromatics gasoline blending components like toluene and xylenes. He provides primary input to the ‘Global Aromatics Weekly Report,’ ‘Asia Aromatics Monthly Report,’ World Toluene and Mixed Xylenes analyses and World Pygas analyses. He has also previously built a strong reputation and offered insights into the Asian nylon feedstocks, fibers and resins markets. Anthony is a veteran in refining and petrochemicals, including olefins, aromatics, and motor gasoline blending. Before joining Chemical Market Analytics, he worked with S&P Global, focusing on supply/ demand modeling, developing blending methodology, and analyzing naphtha and petrochemical feedstock flows. Previously, he worked for almost 10 years with ExxonMobil, taking up multiple roles, including experience in project and process engineering, feedstock planning, product optimization and manufacturing economics for integrated refining and petrochemical plants. Mr. Tso holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) from the National University of Singapore and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Northumbria University.

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